At 22, She Had Her Whole Life Ahead Of Her. Then The Unthinkable Happened.

A woman is beaten every 9 seconds in the U.S.

Yeardley Reynolds Love played lacrosse for the University of Virginia's women's team. The Cockeysville, Maryland midfielder had also played field hockey and lacrosse at Baltimore's Notre Dame Preparatory School, where lacrosse coach Mary Bartel described her to the Baltimore Sun as "a happy-go-lucky kid. She was a good soul."


Love was two weeks from graduation when she was found face down in her room in her room a little past 2 a.m. on May 3rd, 2010. A court document later noted that her pillow was soaked in blood and that her chin had multiple contusions and scrapes. Her right eye was swollen shut. Her door had been forced open and a large hole had been punched through it.

Paramedics called to the scene attempted resuscitation for 25 minutes, but they were unsuccessful.

"I should have killed you."

Yeardley Reynolds Love had been beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend, George Wesley Huguely, a 6'2", 209 poung UVA lacrosse player, who, two days, before had sent her an email that read, in part, "That is so so f* * *ed up on so many levels. I should have killed you."

He was arrested and tried for murder.

The New York Daily News reported that Prosecutor Dave Chapman began sobbing in the courtroom upon describing her injuries and showing crime scene photos to the jury.

In 2010, George Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 23 years in prison. 

Yeardley Love was just 22 years old when she was murdered. 

Now her family is on a mission to end relationship violence with the One Love Foundation.

After her death, Yeardley's family and friends were horrified to find that there had been multiple "red flags" in her relationship with Huguely.

They learned that 1 in 3 women will be in a violent relationship at some point in their lifetimes. 

The statistics are shocking... But there's hope.

Through social media, technology, and awareness campaigns, The One Love Foundation is making waves across America in their campaign to end relationship violence.

Their goal, they write, is 

"to end relationship violence by engaging young people in a movement for change.  We develop compelling educational content that sparks new and novel discussions among workshop participants, inspiring them to work together to affect change in their communities. At every step, we empower young people as the critical leaders of this movement, uniquely suited to mobilize a generation towards a brighter future where relationship violence is far less prevalent."

There's no excuse for making excuses.

The "Escalation" outreach program teaches the signs of relationship violence in meaningful, engaging workshops aimed at college audiences.

The Foundation notes that although "students consistently report the subtle signs of a violent relationship as ones that are 'deeply recognizable,' they also view them as "the ones they never would expect to escalate. Students leave the workshop asking what they can do to help their friends and their communities. They want to know how they can help work for change."

Check out this video that shows the power of an "Escalation" workshop.

Please support the One Love Foundation by liking them on Facebook or taking a look at their website. You can also follow them on Twitter.

(H/T: Dowzerw)

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